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Teacher of the Year



Academics Example

Curriculum: Teacher Development

Department Address 
1515 Hughes Way
Long Beach, CA 90810

Department Phone 
(562) 997-8083

Teacher of the Year - Admin

Contact Phone / Address Position / Responsibility
Ryan Ung (562) 997-8083 Clinical Practices Coordinator


Teacher of the Year - Staff

Contact Phone / Address Position / Responsibility
Diva Morillo (562) 997-8105 Office Staff Secretary


Overview of LBUSD’s Teacher of the Year (TOY) Program

The Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) has proudly served as the sponsoring organization of the Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year Program—an honors competition that spotlights excellence in public education. The county program, the largest in the state, is part of the California and National Teacher of the Year programs. Each year, LACOE recognizes all district-level Teachers of the Year, including the one LBUSD Teacher of the Year (TOY) winner.

LBUSD has established its own internal process for selecting one exemplary teacher to compete in the County program.  LACOE allows one nominee from LBUSD. The timeline below reflects the LBUSD TOY Program information for this school year.

Selection Process for the 2023-2024 Academic Year

February 9, 2024 myPD Announcement with TOY nomination form 
February 23, 2024 DEADLINE: TOY Nomination Form due!
February 26, 2024 LBUSD Coordinator sends LBUSD TOY application to nominees
March 18, 2024 DEADLINE for LBUSD Teacher of the Year application (submitted digitally to Ryan Ung: 
March 18 - 25, 2024 Selection Committee reviews all applications and chooses the winner
March 27, 2024 TOY Winner notified
April 5, 2024 Notify LACOE - LBUSD TOY Winner
April 5 - May 3, 2024 LBUSD Coordinator and LBUSD winner finalize the application.
May 5, 2024 DEADLINE: LBUSD Coordinator will submit the application to LACOE for the County and State competition.


TOY Application Components:

Prior to submitting your application, review it carefully. Make sure all information is complete and accurate. Failure to provide a complete application by the due date will result in the candidate being disqualified from the 2024 LBUSD/LACOE/California TOY Program.

  • Introductory Letter (2 pages max)

  • Professional Resume (2 pages max.)

  • Profession Biography (250 words max.)

  • Essays 1-6

  • School- Community Involvement (500 words max.)

  • Philosophy of Teaching (750 words max.)

  • Education Issues and Trends (500 words max.)

  • State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Initiatives (500 words max.)

  • National Teacher of the Year (750 words max.)